My advice: celebrate Saturday and Sunday, then come back Monday working as if it
were a loss. Gotta find a way to score late in the game when the
opposition's D tightens up. Nearly the 4th time this year they've
given up a double-digit lead in the second half. 10-11 record should be 13-8
with wins over two NCAA bubble teams (CU will probably make it, BYU not as
likely). But in spite of what might have been, I'll take the win today.
Great rivalry win. This gives us 2 top 100 RPI wins, which is twice as many as
any other team in the state!I love being in the Pac 12!
Nice win for the Running Utes. Although, they nearly choked it away. They
started out great. They just have to learn to finish better. A win
is a win. We'll take it.Go Utes!
What do byu and Utah have in common:Both of our rivals are in the
Prestigious Pac 12 conference
Thank goodness Utah managed to hold on. Letting another double digit lead slip
away would have shattered any optimism left in this season. Lets go steal a
couple W's in Oregon!
@Chris BHa, I was at both those games. Colorado isn't a rivalry.
@Noodle,We are in the Pac 12 now. You, Pepperdine, and San
Francisco will have a great rivalry going forward. We'll be fighting the
likes of USC, UCLA, and Colorado.Good luck in the WCC! It's a
great "third tier" conference. First tiers are the BCS conferences.Second is the A10, Mountain West.WCC is third tier
Coach K is the one that lost the 22 point lead. His style of trying to run the
clock out allowed Colorado back in the game. The Utes would pass up excellent
shots (even an uncontested drive to the basket) in order to kick the ball out to
the guards to kill more time. The clock would wind down leaving the Utes out of
position to make a play. I understand the theory, but its not working. 22
point lead? Keep the gas pedal floored, Coach. That is not the time to sit one
of your leading scorers for the rest of the game.
Was at the game to honor the greatest coach in Ute history. While I admire the
job coach K has done so far - a loss today would have been all his. I have
never seen a coach try so hard to lose a game and steal loss from the jaws of
victory. Bachinsky and Olsen were playing tough the whole time they were in -
Washburn proved himself to be the softest center ever at Utah, but he was in at
the end and tried to give the game away - let's start playing for the
future and let the tougher and younger bigs get some critical PT. By the way -
did anyone miss Loveridge? Not me.
Correction: Make that 3 bubble teams. With a good win at ASU today, I still
don't see Washington as a tourney team, but I would expect them to soon be
back on the Next Four Out list next to BYU.
SCUte, why would you have not missed one of the best freshmen in the conference?
Since the Utes play a slow down style of game shouldn't they change their
name from the Running Utes to something like the jogging Utes, Trotting Utes,
Crawling Utes or whatever? Anyone else have a good suggestion.
nice win for the Utes. Unless Colorado has a late slump, they are going to get
into the NCAAs. That is definitely a great opportunity for the Utes to play in
the Pac-12 and get so many chances for quality wins. But Chris B. was mistaken
in that BYU also has 2 top 100 wins. BYU has 2 wins over Santa Clara which is
about 85 in the rpi rankings. So Utah has more top 75 wins and more top 25 wins
but the same amount of top 100 wins as byu has. Also in basketball this year I
think the MWC is pretty equal to the Pac-12. But both are definitely better
than the WCC.
christina"Great rivalry win. This gives us 2 top 100 RPI wins,
which is twice as many as any other team in the state!"LOL!Didn't think you cared about basketball anymore.Sorry
to poor cold water on your delusional spin, but a closer inspection of reality
reveals:RPI 1-50/51-100/101-150/151-200/201+ BYU 0-4 / 2-2 /
3-0 / 6-0 / 5-0 Utah 0-3 / 2-3 / 0-1 / 2-3 / 3-1You'll
notice that all 6 of BYU's losses have come against Top 100 RPI teams, and
while BYU and Utah are tied with two Top 100 RPI wins, Utah has FIVE losses to
below 101 RPI teams.Net RPI result:#39 BYU#182
Utah"I love being in the Pac 12!"Yes, finishing
with 2 or 3 conference wins every year is soooo exciting.
@SportsFan - playing in high school gyms with 2,000 spectators must be really
exciting for you, too.
Chris B"We are in the Pac 12 now... We'll be fighting the
likes of USC(9-13), UCLA(16-6), and Colorado(14-7).Fighting??? If
being a punching bag for the rest of the conference is your definition of
"fighting", knock yourself out."Good luck in the WCC!
It's a great "third tier" conference. First tiers are the BCS
conferences."Now you're just making stuff up. There's
no such thing as a "bcs" conference in basketball, and your
"tiered" system is just plain goofy. The real conference power ratings
shake out like this:Rank / Conf / Avg. Index1 B1G 61.862
Big East 57.983 MWC 56.194 Big 12 55.355 ACC 55.206 PAC
12 53.727 SEC 51.448 A-10 50.399 MVC 49.1210 WCC
48.26The MWC, PAC 12, and WCC are all ranked in the top third of the
32 NCAA D-1 conferences. The PAC 12's Average Index is actually much closer
to the #10 WCC, than it is to the #1 B1G.
imautefan"playing in high school gyms with 2,000 spectators must
be really exciting for you..."You should know all about playing
in front of 2,000 spectators, after all, you do that practically every night in
the HC, despite the "reported" attendance.Besides, it's
better to play in a high school-like gym, than to play like a high school team.
Crissy,Utah is no longer a rival of BYU, just an in-state punching bag.
Utah is also not a rival of anyone in the mighty pac 10.2. When you are a
cellar dweller no one considers you a rival. How in the world does Utah
have a 20 point lead in the 2nd half and only win by 3, at home? That's a
laugher. Enjoy March Madness on the couch again, just like football. By the way
BYU is also ranked #1 in volleyball. It's great to be a BYU fan right now.
The Utes played a great game today. They fought hard and hustled for lose balls
all of which they hadn't done the two previous games. I would love to see
this Utah team play with that type of effort on a consistent basis. If they can
do it, they might win a couple more games but even if hey don't win, it
should keep them from getting blown out. Those blow out losses are tough for
young kids to overcome. This team can use as many confidence building moments
as it can get.It was also great to see them honor coach Majerus by
retiring his sweater. Very cool to see VanHorn and Andre Miller back up on he
hill along with some of the other great players during Rick's time at the
U. Majerus list of accomplishments at the U are amazing.I'm
not sure the Utes can ever get back to that level of play Majerus set the bar
very high. I do believe that coach K is doing a good job with rebuilding the
program. This team still needs some work, but hopefully wins like today shows
them its possible.Go Utes!
Glad to see this article didn't include the "Runnin'" Utes
Uteanymous, it's obvious you haven't seen any of Utah's games or
how they were actually attended this year. Even the games in inclement weather
have been much better attended than almost any game last season. I have no
problem with responses to trolling comments, but when it's even further
from the truth than the original comment... it's time to grow up.
Larry K. tried running the clock out with 10 minutes left in the game. He should
be fired and replaced by Tommy C.
2,000 seat high school gyms?? ha. ha.Average attendance at Cougar
volleyball games is more than "jogging utes" basketball attendance. must
be fun watching your team score 50 every night.
Chris,This is a story about Utah basketball. Why do you always have
to let your obsession with BYU interfer with Utah stories. The win for Utah
yesterday is far more important than reading the barbs you toss at BYU.Please keep your comments on topic. This was a Utah win. No BYU talk
@ Tom in CAThat is incorrect.
What - the 2,000 seat high school gyms??
Most 4A and 5A high school gyms seat 2000+Utah basketball draws far
more than BYU volleyball.
Regardless of how you slice it, 4,000 EMPTY seats (10,977 official attendance)
at the Huntsman for Utah's tribute to the greatest basketball coach in the
Utes' history and a home game against Utah's new "rival" is
embarrassing.On the same night at approximately the same time, BYU
had 17,228 fans for Santa Clara.Utah fans are all talk when it comes
@ CordonBleuI doubt there are many teams that could pull 11,000 to a
games after having the kind of decade Utah has had and especially after last
2fer"I doubt there are many teams that could pull 11,000 to a
games after having the kind of decade Utah has had and especially after last
season."BYU averaged 16,895 during BYU's 1-25 season in
1997 and 12,207 during the following season. During BYU's last losing
season, in 2005, BYU averaged 10,633, the lowest average attendance since the
Marriott Center opened in 1972.Utah's 10,977 official
attendance for Rick Majerus tribute night barely exceeded (by 344) the worst
average attendance for an entire season in Marriott Center history.
@ UteanymousI'm skeptical about those numbers. You have a link
I could find to verify them?
I'll take that as a no.